The BroadsheetDAILY – 10/24/22 – An attractive leaflet

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An attractive territory

Marte is pushing for a new park and public space along the Brooklyn Bridge

A site plan that only illustrates the different phases of the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan.

City Councilman Christopher Marte lends his support to a plan to create a new, dozen-acre linear park in Lower Manhattan, along with a new library and museum, alongside north and south of the Brooklyn Bridge. All of the land in question is already state-owned, much of which is legally mapped as park space. But the vast majority of this expanse has been closed to public access for more than a decade, primarily to allow its use as an equipment storage area for various City agencies, and partly in response to security concerns. safety following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The current desperate conditions typical of the fenced sites that Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan hopes to reopen for public use.

A local grassroots organization, Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan (BBM), has hatched a plan to change all that. Their vision would reopen and revitalize six exterior sections – three each on the north and south sides of the bridge – from Park Row to South Street. The same plan would bring the Vaults (the bulky, vaulted masonry spaces that make up the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge) to life, converting them to public use for the first time. The scenario described by BBM notes that these spaces would “ideally house a New York Public Library combined with a Brooklyn Bridge Museum housing a collection of documents and artifacts from the design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.” This network of indoor and outdoor spaces would ultimately connect with the East River Park and Greenway, currently under construction along the waterfront, under the Brooklyn Bridge.

In an Oct. 12 letter to the administration of Mayor Eric Adams, Mr. Marte said, “I am writing to express my full support for Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan, a community vision for properties under and around the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, known as the Manhattan Anchorage. Upon City approval, my office is committed to providing dedicated funding to support the construction and full realization of this project.

He continued, “Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan would reopen Manhattan Anchorage to the public from Park Row to the waterfront, creating new open spaces, recreational areas, and institutional and community uses. At the intersection of the Civic Center, Financial District, Chinatown and the Lower East Side, this project would provide much-needed open and public spaces in the heart of the city, activating a site once rich in economic activity and public life.

The BBM plan foresees the creation of the new park in several phases. The first of these, which the group proposes to implement immediately, is the reopening of a padlocked basketball court and the reactivation of Brooklyn Banks, an iconic destination for skateboarders, attracted by the urban landscape of the park which offers a hilly terrain of ramps, rails, ledges and jumps. (Long before any of these stunts were legal in New York, boarders from all over the United States came to the city to compete in them and connect with each other.) BBM says none of these areas is currently used by construction crews performing maintenance. work on the span above.

A cross-sectional view detailing infrastructure upgrades being considered by the organization.

The second phase of BBM’s vision would reopen the two blocks between Park Row and Pearl Street, while also opening up the vaults and adjacent grounds for public park space. The third (and final) stage would include the larger open spaces, adjacent to the East River.

In each of these phases, the BBM program would create new playgrounds and active recreation facilities, while giving a new face to important infrastructure elements, such as the Park Row Tunnel, which provides walkers and cyclists a connection between the financial district and Chinatown. , will also provide access to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian bridge.

Mr. Marte’s letter notes that the creation of this new park would be timely, as large sections of waterfront park space are expected to be closed to the public in the near future, for several years. “Much of the neighborhood’s existing open space will be enclosed by the Fidi-Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience projects for the foreseeable future. Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan provides an opportunity to return Manhattan’s Anchorage to the public as a vital open space and economic engine for the diverse communities nearby.

Matthew Fenton

Scimitar in the subway

Sword attack at World Trade Center station causes stampede

Amid fears of rising crime, a sword-wielding man attacked a Tube passenger on Thursday morning at Chambers Street station on the A train. Read more…

Preserving heritage

Concerns over plan to hide legally protected architectural details

Plans to alter the lobby of an Art Deco masterpiece at 70 Pine Street prompted Community Council 1 (CB1) to ask the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to veto to the proposal. At issue is the developer’s desire to “activate” the space by creating interior entrances to storefronts that face the street, then using the lobby to house additional seating. Read more…

A very lucrative benchmark

A private space in a public building seeks to expand an expensive (and exclusive) club

Community Board 1 (CB1) takes a skeptical look at plans to expand private club space on the roof of the historic Battery Maritime Building at 20 South Street. Read more…

A newsletter on resilience

A decade after Sandy, Comptroller says Downtown is ahead of other communities, but still lags behind

A report from New York City Comptroller Brad Lander released late last week says resilience plans for Lower Manhattan are more advanced than the rest of the city, but still less than halfway through. of their completion. Read more…

monday october 24

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Meet at 6 River Terrace

Walk and writing session led by poet Jon Curley. Registration required. Free.

tuesday october 25

10:30-11:30 a.m.

6 River Terrace

Easy to follow latin dance choreography. Get ready for enthusiastic instruction, a bit of strength training and lots of fun. Free.

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Rockefeller Park House

Using clocks, opponents will play 5-minute matches. An instructor will be on hand to offer tips and tricks to improve your game. Free.

1 p.m.

St. Paul’s Chapel

Listen to Sasha Berliner on vibes and percussion. Free.

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Rockefeller Park

Play the popular strategy game while getting expert guidance and advice. From 5 years old (adults welcome). Free/

3:45-4:30 p.m.

Rockefeller Park

For 6-10 year olds. Practice the basics of passing, receiving and game strategy with drills and drills for all levels. Free.

6 p.m.

Manhattan Borough President’s Office, 1 Center Street, 19th Floor

Open to everyone.

6:30 p.m.

Institute of China, 40 Rector Street

Built over a millennium between the 4th and 14th centuries CE near Dunhuang, an ancient frontier town along the Silk Road in northwest China, the Mogao Grottoes are the greatest treasure of Buddhist art, the most continuously created and best preserved in the world. Learn more during this presentation.

Lower Manhattan Green Markets

Tribeca Green Market

Greenwich Street and Chambers Street

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (composting program: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Bowling Green Green Market

Broadway and Whitehall Street

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (composting program: 8 a.m.-11 a.m.)

World Trade Center Oculus Green Market

Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ends this month)

The Fulton Stalls Outdoor Market

91 South Street, between Fulton and John streets

Covered market: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CSA collection: Thursday, 4-6 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Outdoor market: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Today in History

October 24

In November 1922, Albert Einstein ran out of money while at a hotel in Tokyo, so he wrote a bellboy a note instead of a tip. On this day, five years ago, that ticket sold for $1.56 million. It reads: “A quiet, modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”

1260 – Chartres Cathedral is consecrated. Most of the original stained glass windows are intact.

1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed, marking the end of the 18-month-old Pony Express.

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor is the first person to cross Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1911 – Orville Wright stays in the air for nine minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright glider in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance is in Detroit.

1929 – Black Thursday stock market crash at the New York Stock Exchange.

1931 – The George Washington Bridge is opened to public traffic.


1946 – A camera aboard the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of Earth from space.

2002 – Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending Beltway sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area

2003 – Concorde makes its last commercial flight.

2008 – Bloody Friday: Many global stock markets experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indexes.

2014 – The China National Space Administration launches an experimental lunar mission, Chang’e 5-T1, which will loop behind the Moon and return to Earth.

2017 – Albert Einstein’s Theory of Happiness sells for $1.56 million


1891 – Rafael Trujillo, 36th President of the Dominican Republic (died 1961)

1936 – Bill Wyman, singer-songwriter, bassist and producer (The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings)

1939 – F. Murray Abraham, actor

1986 – Drake, rapper, actor


1725 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer and pedagogue (b. 1660)

1852 – Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician, 14th United States Secretary of State (b. 1782)

1935 – Dutch Schultz, American mob boss (b. 1902)

1944 – Louis Renault, engineer, co-founds the Renault Company (born in 1877)

1972 – Jackie Robinson, American baseball player and sportscaster (born 1919)

1979 – Carlo Abarth, Italian car designer, founds Abarth (b. 1908)

2005 – Rosa Parks, American activist (born in 1913)

2017 – Fats Domino, rhythm & blues pianist, singer, dies at 89

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